On track! Running an effective meeting is more than the agenda – Summit version

Here’s me adulting at #STC17.

I had a blast, mostly because the attendees to my spotlight talk were so smart and engaging. I talked about a pretty dry subject, meeting management, and how to make your meetings go better by collecting expectations and gathering feedback. Thanks everyone for being such a great crowd.

Here are my slides.

Yeah, we all know meetings are a necessary evil. Managing them better can build a stronger team that gets more done in less time.

#STC16 – From Fred Flintstone to George Jetson: Creating Tension in Training Increases Adoption

The objective of a good training program is adoption and excellent field execution. This presentation is about how to use a combination of traditional training deliverables and old school psychology to gain user buy-in and achieve a successful launch. We’ll talk about how my company uses cartoons and countdowns to ensure that users seek out training and have a stake in adoption and field execution excellence.  

Whether we create video, user assistance, classroom training, or documentation, what we really want is a group of folks who use the product to do an excellent job with little or no effort and make no mistakes. Creating good training is less about the deliverable and more about building the right relationship.

Here are the slides from my presentation for #STC16 about a project that went really well.

Many thanks to Rachel Houghton for catching a photo of me #adulting.

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#STC16 – The Lightning Talks – You stink at email: Why spend time writing something nobody wants to read?

This lightning talk will take a look at business email and our bad habits that ensure deletion.
And then we’ll talk about Christy.

Here’s some video and my slides for the lightning talk at #STC16. Many thanks to Rachel Houghton for capturing this and the other lightning talks on youTube.

You stink at email: Why spend time writing something nobody wants to read?

Connect with me

Connect with me in a variety of formats online. I’d love to hear from you.

Bio http://wdcb.stcwdc.org/about-us/chapter-bios/dill-bio/

Blog https://viquidill.wordpress.com/

Email social_media@stcwdc.org

@viqui_dill https://twitter.com/viqui_dill

Linked In http://www.linkedin.com/pub/viqui-dill

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/viqui.dill

 

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I’d appreciate your support in the election. But more importantly, I want you to say “Yes” to STC. We need you.

Read all the posts, beginning January 5th and posting every other day, in my blog at https://viquidill.wordpress.com/

See all the slides on my slideshare account, http://www.slideshare.net/viqui_dill

Check out the ballot

There are some great candidates from which to choose in 2015

Visit the STC Election webpage to learn more about the offices and candidates.

Watch your email for an invitation to vote and then cast your ballot in March.

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I’d appreciate your support in the election. But more importantly, I want you to say “Yes” to STC. We need you.

Read all the posts, beginning January 5th and posting every other day, in my blog at https://viquidill.wordpress.com/

See all the slides on my slideshare account, http://www.slideshare.net/viqui_dill

Why I said “yes” to STC and you should too

The STC 2015 election opens March 16th. It’s a great time to think about the coming year and your own involvement in the #TechComm profession.

I’m Viqui Dill and I’m on the ballot for STC’s 2015 Society Election. I said “yes” to STC and I want you to say “yes” too.

Why did I say “yes” to STC? Here are a few reasons, and links to posts in this blog where you can read more.

Why do I want you to say “yes” to STC? The society needs you!

So check out the ballot and remember to vote. STC needs you.

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I’d appreciate your support in the election. But more importantly, I want you to say “Yes” to STC. We need you.

Read all the posts in my blog at https://viquidill.wordpress.com/

See all the slides on my slideshare account, http://www.slideshare.net/viqui_dill

There’s room for you

STC is a big organization that depends on volunteers for its success. We need volunteers like you. Here are a few things you can do to get started.

  • Attend events in person and on line
  • Volunteer for essential jobs that are simple to do
  • Share what you know
  • Learn what others share and laugh at their jokes
  • Spread the good news of technical communication in your world

This is where I talk about how easy it is to get started as a volunteer for STC. There are as many little and big jobs for which we need volunteers as there are people who need a place to plug in. You could volunteer to hand out name tags at an event. You could volunteer to spread the good news on social media. You could submit a proposal for a presentation of one of your #TechComm super-powers.

Or you could just attend an event and meet the folks who are already volunteering. We need supportive participants as well as volunteers. Be sure to laugh at the jokes and smile at the presenters. And tweet photos of the presenters while you’re at it. You can get started just by showing up.

Find your closest chapter on the STC society website.

Find a SIG (special interest group) on the STC society website.

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I’d appreciate your support in the election. But more importantly, I want you to say “Yes” to STC. We need you.

Read all the posts, beginning January 5th and posting every other day, in my blog at https://viquidill.wordpress.com/

See all the slides on my slideshare account, http://www.slideshare.net/viqui_dill

You will have fun with STC

The best reason to get involved with STC is that it’s a lot of fun. Check out the photos of some of our WDCB chapter antics. Check out the photos of our 2014 summit by Rachel Houghton, Rick Lippincott, and the STC office, too.

Feel normal surrounded by fellow geeks

Surrounded by technical communicators, you will finally feel normal. If you’re like me, you feel a little too nerdy to be a writer and a little too creative to be purely technical. We have lively discussions about font choice and the oxford comma. We evaluate the visual impact of white space and wax nostalgic about the smell of a new book.

Join us and feel normal.

See #TechComm rock stars in the same awkward situations as you

If you’re like me, you put your professional leaders on a pedestal. In your mind, these folks have no flaws and no worries. But when you get to know them, you’ll find out that our #TechComm superstars are real people with the same interesting quirks as the rest of us. They are nervous before making a big presentation. They get frustrated with technical difficulties. They need to take a nap or relax with a drink after it’s over.

Come meet these folks and find out that there’s room in STC for quirky folks like you and me.

Bad karaoke is funny

Singing in public is funny when you do it with your STC friends. We have lots of photos to prove it.

Even good karaoke is funny. Check out this photo of Roger Renteria doing “Hollaback Girl” at the summit.

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I’d appreciate your support in the election. But more importantly, I want you to say “Yes” to STC. We need you.

Read all the posts, beginning January 5th and posting every other day, in my blog at https://viquidill.wordpress.com/

See all the slides on my slideshare account, http://www.slideshare.net/viqui_dill